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Town of Richmond Hill 2003 Awards

Town Wins E.A. Danby Award

The Town of Richmond Hill was awarded the E.A. Danby Award in June 2003 for its Employee Wellness Program. The award has been presented to the Town for its outstanding achievement in Municipal Administration by the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO) and Mercer Delta Consulting. The E.A. Danby Award honours municipalities who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in improving their performance during the previous year and, as a result, have contributed to an advancement in the performance of all municipalities. This award has been named to recognize the significant achievements of AMCTO's first president, E.A. Danby, who was instrumental in establishing the Association and its commitment to the betterment of municipal government. Over the past five years, the Town of Richmond Hill has consistently developed and implemented proactive strategies to ensure the highest quality of benefit programs for its full-time employees. The Town of Richmond Hill's Employee Wellness Program consists of the promotion of a healthier workforce and the reduction of annual sick days, disability days, specific employee health risks and lifestyle-related benefit claims.

Town Wins National Communities in Bloom Competition

The Town of Richmond Hill was declared as the 2003 Communities In Bloom National Champion in the population category 100,001 - 300,000 at the National Awards Ceremonies in Stratford, Ontario in September, 2003. The Town was honoured at the National Awards Ceremonies, which hosted close to 600 delegates from municipalities across Canada, with a "Special Mention" for its floral displays. The Town also received the highest possible rating of 5 Blooms and the "Special Mention" for floral displays. The judges stated that: "The 450 barrels and tiered baskets make a noticeable impression on all who view them. Their placement and variations of height and plant material are quite effective. The tiered planters and the combination of barrels and baskets added greatly to the landscape in very heavily travelled areas. They are held at a very high level of maintenance. The bedding efforts of both the commercial and private sectors are remarkable." An exceptional effort was put forth by everyone in order for the Town to attain this pinnacle on a national level. Even though beautiful floral displays and innovative environmental programs were in place, it was the hard work and civic pride of Town staff, community groups, businesses and residents involved that generated the win.
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